Charging cables. Pain in the bum. What you want is to stick in a connector and plop your phone/media player down on some kind of mat that uses wireless energy transfer to juice them up. If that’s been your dream all these years, you’ll be glad to hear that Powermat’s “revolutionary” new range of wireless charging systems launches today and you’ll be seeing them pop up at John Lewis, The Carphone Warehouse and Amazon in the coming days.
Using said wireless energy transfer, Powermat pairs an ultra-thin mat with a receiver that connects to your device. By simply placing an enabled device on the Powermat, the mat and receiver will work together to charge up to three devices at once.
A further device can be charged via a USB cable, making Powermat able to charge four devices at the same time.
“Incredibly, charging occurs at the same rate or faster than if the device was using a standard charger plugged into an electrical socket, even when multiple devices are placed on the mat,” the company claims.
Frequent travellers can also take advantage of the Powermat Portable, which folds up to measure less than 10cm x 10cm x 3.5cm.
The Home & Office mat costs £69.99, while the Portable mat is £79.99.
The price for receivers is:
* £29.99 – Powercube including 8 tips (micro USB, Nokia 2mm, SE, Samsung, LG, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSi, Sony PSP)
* £34.99 – Apple iPhone
* £34.99 – Apple iPod touch
£34.99 – Apple Dock
* £29.99 – BlackBerry Bold
* £29.99 – BlackBerry Curve 8900, 8300, 8310, 8320, 8330, 8350i
* £29.99 – BlackBerry Pearl 8110, 8120, 8130
* £29.99 – Nintendo DS and DSi.